5 ways to treat cellulite

From coffee to creams, here’s how to address the problem

With temperatures beginning to climb comes a common awareness about the bare skin that will inevitably be shown in warmer weather. And while pasty skin can be fixed with a quick instant fake tan, and any unwanted leg or underarm hair can be removed in minutes, there’s a worry that can stem from the lumpy and bumpy appearance of arms, legs and bum - a la cellulite.

“Cellulite can occur for two reasons,” says dermatologist Dr Michael Rich. “Firstly, the hardening and contractions of the connective tissue network supporting your fatty tissue causes bulging of fat between rigid fibrous bands, which also blocks vascular and lymphatic drainage. This further contributes to thick and swollen skin. Secondly, there is protrusion of fat cells into the lower part of the skin called the dermis, which results in worsening of the dimpling effect.”

So, how do you treat cellulite? While it’s difficult to minimise cellulite with exercise and diet (as weight loss doesn’t necessarily improve the appearance of cellulite), there are treatments that can temporarily address the issue.

1

Try coffee

Caffeine can help temporarily reduce cellulite, as it works to shrink fat cells, so something like Sugarbaby Espress-O-Glow Coconut & Coffee Stimulating Body Scrub or Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub used twice weekly can smooth skin, leave it glowing, and temporarily minimise the look of cellulite. 

2

Try clay

Clay is a great ingredient for your face as it works to detoxify and cleanse, but it also works well for the body as well, especially when it comes to treating cellulite. Rhassoul clay is the star of The Body Shop Spa Of The World Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay, and is known to firm skin by absorbing excess water and oil.

3

Try dry body brushing

With a physical at-home treatment like dry body brushing (which you can do with Manicare Dry Body Brush), you can remove dead skin cells on the outside of your body and assist with lymphatic drainage inside your body, too, which can help reduce the lumps and bumps of your cellulite. The trick, however, lies in the direction you’re doing exfoliating; take the brush and with firm pressure (but don’t press down too hard), work the tool towards your heart. So if you’re brushing your legs, work it in upward motions.

4

Try a cream

Keeping your skin moisturised is key to minimising bumpy looking skin. Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Smoother features three botanical ingredients to smooth and firm the surface – there’s plant-based baccharis to detoxify the skin, hazelnut to prevent dehydration, and sunflower to moisturise the skin’s layers. A different option for your cellulite is Perricone MD Cold Plasma Body, which features DMAE, a powerful ingredient that can sculpt and firm the body. While both are not long-term fixes, they can be used twice daily (morning and night) to combat a lumpy appearance.

5

Try a professional cellulite treatment

A more intensive solution to minimising the appearance of cellulite is with CelluFIX, a non-invasive treatment that utilises acoustic radial wave technology. “This treatment helps to reduce the tissue oedema, which is one of the initial phenomena of cellulite,” says Dr. Rich. “Reduction of oedema reduces puffiness of the skin, and the tissue becomes more permeable so the fluids and toxins retained within the fat cells can be released and drained by the lymphatic system. By performing the needling procedure, it can help to stimulate reproduction of collagen and improves surface texture.”

Main image photography: Edward Urrutia

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.